Vitali Klitschko

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Vitali Klitschko (Ukrainian: Кличко Віталій Володимирович), is a former WBC Heavyweight Champion.
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Klitschko announced his retirement on November 9, 2005, after undergoing knee surgery which postponed his scheduled November 12, 2005 WBC Heavyweight title defense against Hasim Rahman. Klitschko had been plagued by injuries in 2005, having had to cancel two other previous bouts with Rahman due to thigh and back problems. Following his third postponment, Klitschko had been given an ultimatum by the [[WBC]] to face Rahman within 60 days, or have his title awarded to Rahman, who is the interim champion. However, Klitschko is expected to have a recovery time of six months due to the knee surgery on his ligament.
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'''Vitali Klitschko''' (Ukrainian: ''Vitaliy Volodymyrovych Klychko'') is a former [[WBO]] and [[Ring Magazine|Ring Magazine]] Heavyweight Champion, and currently is in his second reign as [[WBC]] Heavyweight Champion.
  
== Political Aspirations ==
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'''[[:Category:Vitali Klitschko Gallery|Vitali Klitschko Gallery]]'''
Klitschko has expressed a desire to enter politics in his native country Ukraine. He ran for mayor of Kiev and parliament in the Ukranian elections on March 26, 2006. Klitschko is a supporter of current Ukranian president Viktor Yushchenko and his party, '''Our Ukraine''', and was seen at Yuschenko's side during the 2004 Orange Revolution, which ultimately resulted in Yuschenko's election as president. Preliminary results indicated that Klitschko received 22% of the vote for mayor in the election; placing him in a tie for 2nd with incumbent mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko, but trailing lawmaker Leonid Chernovetskiy, who received 30%. Klitschko's aspirations for parliament were also unsuccesful, as his party appeared to have recieved less than the 3%, necessary to earn representation in the new parliament.
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==Amateur Highlights==
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==Amateur Career==
*'''1995''' won the silver medal at the World Championships at Superheavyweight in Berlin. Results were:
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*Amateur Record: 195-15 with 80 knockouts
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*1995 Super Heavyweight Silver Medalist at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany. Results:
 
** Defeated [[Gitas Juskevicius]] (Lithuania) RSC-2
 
** Defeated [[Gitas Juskevicius]] (Lithuania) RSC-2
** Defeated [[Attila Levin]] (Sweden) DSQ-2
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** Defeated [[Attila Levin]] (Sweden) RET-2
 
** Defeated [[Rene Monse]] (Germany) PTS (6-5)
 
** Defeated [[Rene Monse]] (Germany) PTS (6-5)
 
** Lost to [[Alexei Lezin]] (Russia) PTS (3-12)
 
** Lost to [[Alexei Lezin]] (Russia) PTS (3-12)
 
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*1995 Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist at the Military World Championships in Ariccia, Italy. Results:
*'''1995''' won the gold medal at the Military World Championships in Ariccia, Italy at Superheavywweight. Results were:
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** Defeated [[Kenneth Horsley]] (USA) RET-1
** Defeated [[Kenneth Horsley]] (USA) AB-1
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** Defeated [[Svilen Rusinov]] (Bulgaria) RSC-1
 
** Defeated [[Svilen Rusinov]] (Bulgaria) RSC-1
 
** Defeated [[Drago Mijic]] (Croatia) WO
 
** Defeated [[Drago Mijic]] (Croatia) WO
 
** Defeated [[Alexei Lezin]] (Russia) PTS (10-6)
 
** Defeated [[Alexei Lezin]] (Russia) PTS (10-6)
  
== Miscellaneous Info ==  
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==Professional Career==
*Brother of fellow boxer [[Boxer:Wladimir Klitschko:007035|Wladimir Klitschko]]
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Klitschko knocked out [[Herbie Hide]] in two rounds to win the [[WBO]] Heavyweight Title on [[Herbie Hide vs. Vitali Klitschko|June 26, 1999]]. He lost the title to [[Chris Byrd]] in his third defense on [[Vitali Klitschko vs. Chris Byrd|April 1, 2000]]. Klitschko, comfortably ahead on points, retired after the ninth round due to an injured shoulder. It was his first loss after 27 consecutive knockout wins.
*Son of an Ukrainian Army General
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*Amateur Record: 210 Fights,195 Wins (80 KOs)
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Klitschko fought [[Lennox Lewis]] for the [[WBC]] and [[Ring Magazine]] Heavyweight Titles on [[Lennox Lewis vs. Vitali Klitschko|June 21, 2003]]. He was a late substitute for [[Kirk Johnson]], who pulled out of the fight because of an injury. Klitschko gave Lewis a much tougher fight than most expected. However, Lewis opened bad cuts over both of his eyes, which led to the fight being stopped after the sixth round. Klitschko was ahead 58-56 on all three official scorecards.
*Earned a PhD in Physical Education
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*Before his Boxing Career multiple Kickboxing World Champion
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After Lewis retired, Klitschko stopped [[Corrie Sanders]] in eight rounds to win the vacant [[WBC]] and [[Ring Magazine]] Heavyweight Titles on [[Vitali Klitschko vs. Corrie Sanders|April 24, 2004]]. Klitschko's first title defense was an eighth-round TKO of [[Danny Williams]] on [[Vitali Klitschko vs. Danny Williams|December 11, 2004]]. He was then scheduled to face [[Hasim Rahman]] on April 30, but the fight was postponed when Klitschko pulled a muscle in his upper thigh while jogging. The fight was rescheduled for June 18, but pushed back again because the thigh muscle wasn't fully healed. The next date, July 23, had to be changed after Klitschko had minor back surgery. The fourth date for the fight was November 12, but Klitschko then injured his knee while sparring and had to have surgery. Promoter [[Bob Arum]] said the fight could be rescheduled for March 2006, but Klitschko, frustrated by his injuries, announced his retirement on November 9, 2005.
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At the [[WBC]] gala on December 20, 2005, Klitschko was appointed "Champion Emeritus." The status gave him the right to become the "immediate mandatory official challenger" if he chose to fight again.
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Klitschko returned to the ring to face [[Samuel Peter]] for the [[WBC ]]Heavyweight Title on [[Vitali Klitschko vs. Samuel Peter|October 11, 2008]]. It was his first fight in 46 months. Klitschko dominated Peter throughout the fight, and Peter retired in his corner after the eighth round.
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==Political Career==
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Klitschko ran for mayor of Kiev and parliament in the Ukrainian elections on March 26, 2006. He campaigned on an anti-corruption platform.
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Klitschko was a supporter of current Ukranian president Viktor Yushchenko and his party, ''Our Ukraine''. Klitschko was seen at Yushchenko's side during the 2004 Orange Revolution, which ultimately resulted in Yushchenko's election as president.
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Klitschko received 26% of the vote in the mayoral election. He was ahead of incumbent mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko, but trailed businessman Leonid Chernovetskiy. Klitschko's aspirations for parliament were also unsuccessful, as his party received less than 3% of the vote, which was necessary to earn representation in parliament. However, Klitschko was elected as a people's deputy to Kiev City Council.
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Klitschko has announced that he will again run for mayor of Kiev.
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Klitschko is the head of the UDAR political party, which he founded on April 24, 2010.
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Klischko won election to Ukraine's parliament on Dec 15, 2012.
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==Titles Held==
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[[File:Klitschkos138044076.jpg|right|310px|thumb|The Klitschko Brothers]]
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*[[WBO]] Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title (1998)
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*[[EBU]] (European) Heavyweight Title (1998-1999, 2000)
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*[[WBO]] Heavyweight Title (1999-2000)
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*[[WBA]] Intercontinental Heavyweight Title (2001-2003)
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*[[WBC]] Heavyweight Title (2004-2005, 2008- )
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==Miscellaneous Info==  
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*Brother of fellow boxer [[Wladimir Klitschko]].
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*Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko are the first brothers to hold world heavyweight titles at the same time.
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*After Wladimir's win over [[David Haye]] on [[Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye|July 2, 2011]], all the major heavyweight belts were simultaneously owned by the Klitschko brothers.
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*Son of an Air Force Colonel.
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*Began boxing at the age of 17.
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*Tested positive for a banned substance in 1996 and was thrown off the Ukrainian boxing team for the Atlanta Olympics. He had planned to box at super heavyweight while Wladimir planned to compete as a heavyweight. Wladimir, who was struggling to make weight, took over the super heavyweight slot and went on to win the gold medal.
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*Klitschko was a six-time kickboxing world champion, twice as an amateur and four times as a professional. His record was 34-1 with 22 knockouts.
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*Earned a Ph.D. in Sports Science
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==External Links==
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*[http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=2216803 Arum: New dates in March ideal]
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*[http://www.saddoboxing.com/2433-vitali-klitschko-retires-boxing-surgery.html Vitali Klitschko Retires From Boxing Following Surgery]
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*[http://blog.kievukraine.info/2006/03/klitschko-concedes-defeat-in-kiev.html Klitschko Concedes Defeat In Kiev Mayoral Race]
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*[http://en.rian.ru/world/20070519/65744787.html Vitali Klitschko announces second run for Kiev mayor]
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*[http://www.klitschko.com/ Klitschko Brothers Official Website]
  
== Sources ==
 
*Ex-Heavyweight champ wants to be mayor: [http://www.newsone.ca/piercelandherald/stories/index.php?action=fullnews&id=157079]
 
*Klitschko conceded in Kiev mayoral reace: [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/more/03/27/klitschko.mayor.ap/]
 
 
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Vitali Klitschko

Name: Vitali Klitschko
Alias: Dr. Ironfist
Birth Name: Vitali Volodymyrovych Klitschko
Born: 1971-07-19
Birthplace: Belovodskoye, Kyrgyzstan
Nationality: Ukrainian
Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 7″   /   201cm
Reach: 79″   /   201cm
Boxing Record: click

Trainer: Fritz Sdunek
Manager: Self
Cut Man: Joe Souza

Vitali Klitschko (Ukrainian: Vitaliy Volodymyrovych Klychko) is a former WBO and Ring Magazine Heavyweight Champion, and currently is in his second reign as WBC Heavyweight Champion.

Vitali Klitschko Gallery

Contents

Amateur Career

  • Amateur Record: 195-15 with 80 knockouts
  • 1995 Super Heavyweight Silver Medalist at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany. Results:
  • 1995 Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist at the Military World Championships in Ariccia, Italy. Results:

Professional Career

Klitschko knocked out Herbie Hide in two rounds to win the WBO Heavyweight Title on June 26, 1999. He lost the title to Chris Byrd in his third defense on April 1, 2000. Klitschko, comfortably ahead on points, retired after the ninth round due to an injured shoulder. It was his first loss after 27 consecutive knockout wins.

Klitschko fought Lennox Lewis for the WBC and Ring Magazine Heavyweight Titles on June 21, 2003. He was a late substitute for Kirk Johnson, who pulled out of the fight because of an injury. Klitschko gave Lewis a much tougher fight than most expected. However, Lewis opened bad cuts over both of his eyes, which led to the fight being stopped after the sixth round. Klitschko was ahead 58-56 on all three official scorecards.

After Lewis retired, Klitschko stopped Corrie Sanders in eight rounds to win the vacant WBC and Ring Magazine Heavyweight Titles on April 24, 2004. Klitschko's first title defense was an eighth-round TKO of Danny Williams on December 11, 2004. He was then scheduled to face Hasim Rahman on April 30, but the fight was postponed when Klitschko pulled a muscle in his upper thigh while jogging. The fight was rescheduled for June 18, but pushed back again because the thigh muscle wasn't fully healed. The next date, July 23, had to be changed after Klitschko had minor back surgery. The fourth date for the fight was November 12, but Klitschko then injured his knee while sparring and had to have surgery. Promoter Bob Arum said the fight could be rescheduled for March 2006, but Klitschko, frustrated by his injuries, announced his retirement on November 9, 2005.

At the WBC gala on December 20, 2005, Klitschko was appointed "Champion Emeritus." The status gave him the right to become the "immediate mandatory official challenger" if he chose to fight again.

Klitschko returned to the ring to face Samuel Peter for the WBC Heavyweight Title on October 11, 2008. It was his first fight in 46 months. Klitschko dominated Peter throughout the fight, and Peter retired in his corner after the eighth round.

Political Career

Klitschko ran for mayor of Kiev and parliament in the Ukrainian elections on March 26, 2006. He campaigned on an anti-corruption platform.

Klitschko was a supporter of current Ukranian president Viktor Yushchenko and his party, Our Ukraine. Klitschko was seen at Yushchenko's side during the 2004 Orange Revolution, which ultimately resulted in Yushchenko's election as president.

Klitschko received 26% of the vote in the mayoral election. He was ahead of incumbent mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko, but trailed businessman Leonid Chernovetskiy. Klitschko's aspirations for parliament were also unsuccessful, as his party received less than 3% of the vote, which was necessary to earn representation in parliament. However, Klitschko was elected as a people's deputy to Kiev City Council.

Klitschko has announced that he will again run for mayor of Kiev.

Klitschko is the head of the UDAR political party, which he founded on April 24, 2010.

Klischko won election to Ukraine's parliament on Dec 15, 2012.

Titles Held

The Klitschko Brothers
  • WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title (1998)
  • EBU (European) Heavyweight Title (1998-1999, 2000)
  • WBO Heavyweight Title (1999-2000)
  • WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Title (2001-2003)
  • WBC Heavyweight Title (2004-2005, 2008- )

Miscellaneous Info

  • Brother of fellow boxer Wladimir Klitschko.
  • Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko are the first brothers to hold world heavyweight titles at the same time.
  • After Wladimir's win over David Haye on July 2, 2011, all the major heavyweight belts were simultaneously owned by the Klitschko brothers.
  • Son of an Air Force Colonel.
  • Began boxing at the age of 17.
  • Tested positive for a banned substance in 1996 and was thrown off the Ukrainian boxing team for the Atlanta Olympics. He had planned to box at super heavyweight while Wladimir planned to compete as a heavyweight. Wladimir, who was struggling to make weight, took over the super heavyweight slot and went on to win the gold medal.
  • Klitschko was a six-time kickboxing world champion, twice as an amateur and four times as a professional. His record was 34-1 with 22 knockouts.
  • Earned a Ph.D. in Sports Science

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Preceded by:
Herbie Hide
WBO Heavyweight Champion
1999 Jun 26 – 2000 Apr 1
Succeeded by:
Chris Byrd
Preceded by:
Lennox Lewis
Retired
WBC Heavyweight Champion
2004 Apr 24 – 2005 Nov 9
Retired
Succeeded by:
Hasim Rahman
Preceded by:
Samuel Peter
WBC Heavyweight Champion
2008 Oct 11 – present
Succeeded by:


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